Call for Papers: 5th Ocha Zanmai: 2018 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture

The 5th Ocha Zanmai Conference

Sunday, April 29, 2018

(with welcoming events on Saturday, April 28)

San Francisco State University

Ocha Zanmai is an interdisciplinary conference series that presents the latest research findings and significant work in the study of chanoyu (the Japanese tea ceremony), including various aspects of chanoyu culture as well as tea cultures of countries other than Japan that contribute to furthering the understanding and enjoyment of chanoyu.  Scholars, students, tea masters of various schools, museum curators, professionals, artists, and other individuals whose work concerns the fields stated above are all welcome to present at the Ocha Zanmai Conference.  For the 2018 conference, kaiseki cuisine chefs and tea-sweet confectioners are also welcome.

What: Any subject matter related to the 2018 conference theme: Food Culture of Chanoyu. The main focus will be on tea sweets and kaiseki cuisine.  We will consider a broad range of presentations, including historical surveys, detailed studies of particular events, aspects, or characteristics, and even on-site demonstrations.  But cooking by fire is not possible.

How: Send an English abstract (250~500 words) for a 20~30-minute presentation with a separate cover sheet.  The cover sheet must contain the title of the paper, applicants’ full name, position, institution, email address, street address, and telephone number.  Please write the title on the top of the abstract page but do not write your name or the institution that you belong to. The cover sheet and the abstract will be separated for a double-blind peer review.

Where to send: Send the abstract with the cover sheet by email attachment to

Possible publication: Successful papers will be invited for publication in Chanoyu and Tea Culture, the Ocha ZanmaiConference’s proceedings volume.

Contact Info:

Midori McKeon, Ocha Zanmai Conference Organizer and Professor of Japanese
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, U.S.A.

Contact Email:

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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